I know, I know… it’s high time I got around to sharing some Christmas baking on this site, and believe me, I have some goodies in mind… i.e. a recipe from Karen’s newly published cookbook… but first up, let’s have some fun with this quick and easy dessert.
Seen first on my Instagram feed, a British friend’s lone glass of “emergency #banoffeepie” sparked my curiosity and I nabbed the idea. Given to me thus: “… smashed up hobnobs, dollop of dulce de leche, sliced banana and some thick double dream on top”… I’ve simply translated it into ‘Australian’ (I couldn’t find hobnobs), put some quantities to it and a bit of grated chocolate on top.
I’ve got to warn you, though; once you’ve tried it, there’s no going back! Banana, biscuit, caramel and cream are a winning combination! No surprise, then, that Banoffee Pie has been a favourite amongst many for decades. This is just the quick and easy version of the classic dessert.
If you’ve read the original recipe on the Hungry Monk’s website, they describe boiling two cans of sweetened condensed milk for three hours (three hours!) to achieve the delicious caramel filling of a classic Banoffee (banana caramel) Pie. This way we can have it quicker – much quicker!
So, if you can keep a can of caramel and some biscuits in the cupboard, save some bananas from the cereal bowl, and grab some cream from the shops, then you’re ready for any dessert emergency. The original makers of this classic dessert even hinted at the same.
Emergency Banoffee Pie
“Smashed up hobnobs, dollop of dulce de leche, sliced banana and some thick double cream on top”.
1 packet Buttersnap biscuits
1 x 395g can Top ‘n’ Fill caramel or dulce de leche
2 medium bananas
1 x 300mL pot double cream
50g (approx) chocolate, grated, for decoration
Crush the biscuits either in a food processor or place desired amount in a plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin. Divide amongst six parfait or serving glasses.
Top crushed biscuits with spoonfuls of caramel, slices of banana and dollops of double cream. Decorate with chocolate shavings and serve immediately.